Quite a testament to the Canon lineup and system.
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The_Limper posted a link to Reuters pictures of the year, not only almost all are made with Canons, but you'll see a lot are made with 5D2s or 5D3s.
Since there are reports of large variance in copy sharpness with the 24-70L ii,
Problem is, I don't think the 24-70 (without IS) was designed with you in mind. I would guess that the main use case Canon considered was reportage - PJs and wedding shooters being the two biggest camps. - Both of those groups need to keep their shutter speeds up to reduce motion blur - in the region of 1/80s to 1/125s at least. - For that reason, IS on a 24-70 is not important for that use case, while it is important for a 70-200mm lens used in the same circumstances.
You are just part of an unlucky minority.
Canon possibly didn't consider the video crowd with bringing the 24-70 f/2.8 II to market. On the other hand, if Canon had included IS, all the PJs and wedding shooters would have complained about the unnecessary cost of unneeded IS with the lens.
It looks like Canon can't win - they are bound to make somebody unhappy, no matter what they do!